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    Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Thursday asked that the U.S. military in Japan stay inside its bases to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.  Hayashi said he spoke on the phone with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and was promised utmost efforts to ensure people's health. It was not immediately clear if a base curfew would be issued.  Maj. Thomas R. Barger, a U.S. Forces in Japan spokesperson, said he could not comment on the request, but that a team was carefully monitoring cases and trends.  JAPAN’S SPACE TOURISTS RETURN TO EARTH AFTER 12-DAY VISIT  Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki speaks to the media at the prefectural headquarters in Naha, southern Japan, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. (Kyodo News via AP) Hayashi's request came as the U.S. military is promising more stringent measures to curb spreading cases. The new measures require all personnel, even when fully vaccinated, to wear masks on base until a third negative coronavirus test, and reiterate an order for all to wear masks when off base, Barger said.  American forces have come under fire after...
    Thousands of tonnes of soil that had been set aside to be used in the construction of a controversial American airbase on the Japanese island of Okinawa is said to contain the remains of Japanese and American citizens.  Volunteers have been excavating the land in the search for the remains of people killed or who killed themselves during the 1945 Battle of Okinawa and have come across bones fragments and teeth believed to come from civilians who lived on the island at the time. So far, more than 300 sets of remains have been found over a 40 year period of searching.  The remains of an estimated 2,800 victims still remain buried, according to the Okinawan prefectural government.  The conflict at Okinawa lasted three months and was one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific war.  Concrete mixer trucks queue as sit-in protesters block in front of the Camp Schwab ahead of the one year since the reclamation work of Henoko district began in December 2019 Protesters stage a sit-in as the rally against U.S. Futenma Air Base relocation...
    At the end of September of last year we told you that Okinawa rush, the martial arts and platforms title whose surprising Kickstarter was a success, would reach the hybrid of those from Kyoto. However, little else did we know … until now! And it is that the Spanish publisher Meridiem Games has just announced that they will be in charge of distributing the physical version from Okinawa Rush. A title full of action and platforms that brings us hundreds of battles with an engine, with a clear pixel art aesthetic, tailor-made for the title, spectacular combos and a multiplayer that will appeal to lovers of… me «us against the neighborhood». Next, we leave you with a small description, as well as its launch trailer: The Black Mantis clan has arrived in Okinawa… Play as a martial arts master and assume the role of Hiro, Meilin or Shin as they face hordes of ninjas, demons and more enemies in a desperate fight for their lives against the Black Mantis clan . CHARACTERISTICS Custom fighting engine with unique movements for each...
    TOKYO (AP) — The Pacific War was so massive, so calamitous, it can be difficult to put it in context. There was the Marco Polo Bridge Incident that triggered the Sino-Japanese War, the Battle of Midway that changed the course of the war and the dramatic flag-raising on Iwo Jima. Here are some important events that continue to reverberate in Asia today: ___ COLONIZING KOREA: During Japan’s 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, Koreans had to adopt Japanese names, worship Japan’s Shinto religion and speak Japanese. They were treated as second-class citizens. Hundreds of thousands of men were drafted to fight for Japan, and many others were used as laborers at Japanese mines and factories under harsh conditions. Korean women and girls were among tens of thousands of Asian “comfort women” sexually abused by Japanese soldiers. Many Koreans today think Japan still hasn’t fully acknowledged responsibility for its atrocities, and survivors of its forced labor and prostitution are still seeking Japan’s atonement. Tokyo claims all compensation issues were settled when Japan and South Korea normalized relations in 1965....
    ON THIS DAY IN 1920, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “BOSTON — Clerks at the School St. office of Charles Ponzi, whose claims that he made millions in foreign exchange operations are disputed by the State and Federal officers, found little to demand their attention. Ponzi had predicted that the action of the State Bank Commissioner, Joseph C. Allen, yesterday, in stopping payment on his checks would result in another run by holders of notes of the Securities Exchange Company, but few persons appeared. Those who called were told that no payments could be made and were asked to return again Saturday. No further steps are expected until Aug. 16, in connection with an involuntary bankruptcy petition filed against Ponzi yesterday. On that day the subpoena issued by the Bankruptcy Court is returnable. This action against Ponzi was brought by three local note-holders whose claims aggregate $750. Their petition alleged that Ponzi had transferred a large part of his assets to others. Ponzi reiterated, after the order of the Bank Commissioner was announced, that his liabilities were approximately $500,000, and...
    Chatan, Japan (CNN)A thousand Japanese civilians working at two United States Marine Corps bases on Okinawa have been tested for coronavirus, as the US military institutes more stringent screening measures to stop the virus spreading on the island.During the weekend, Japanese workers lined up for tests at a community center near Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which along with Camp Hansen, has seen almost 200 cases of coronavirus confirmed since July 1. Most of those cases have been related to the movement of US troops, their families and civilian contractors arriving on Okinawa from the US mainland, where infection numbers continue to rise.The US has recorded more than 4.2 million cases, with the infection rate growing by more than 60,000 a day in recent weeks.Statistics like those have made Okinawa politicians wary of the virus spreading into the local population as contract workers go in and out of the US bases on a daily basis.US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma has seen one of the largest outbreaks of coronavirus on the Japanese island of Okinawa."The Japanese workers working inside (the...
    Okinawa, Japan — The biggest coronavirus outbreak within the U.S. military anywhere in the world continues to grow. U.S. Forces Japan confirmed Wednesday another 36 infections among troops on the Japanese island of Okinawa, bringing the total to at least 136 since the U.S. military reported its first cases there last week. Until then, all of Okinawa had seen only 148 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since February, with Japanese authorities managing to contain the spread of the virus that causes the disease.  Japanese scientists say ventilation key to fighting COVID In a sign of the growing tension between Japanese officials and the U.S. military in Okinawa, Defense Minister Taro Kono has pointed to "several problems" with the U.S. response to the pandemic. He notably avoided giving specifics when pressed by reporters earlier this week. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Local media in Okinawa have reported that July 4th celebrations, both on and off the U.S. bases, which hundreds if not thousands of people attended, may be at least partly to blame. But medical experts warn the virus may...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Authorities have confirmed 36 more coronavirus infections at Camp Hansen on Japan's Okinawa, taking to 136 the tally at U.S. military bases on the island, Kyodo News said on Wednesday. The outbreak emerged at the weekend, provoking the anger of the prefecture's governor, who has called into question the U.S. military's virus prevention measures. (Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Tokyo — Japanese officials continued to voice concern Tuesday over the measures taken by the large U.S. military contingent on the island of Okinawa to control the spread of the new coronavirus, as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among American personnel climbed toward 100. The outbreak has fueled long-simmering tension between the local population and the U.S. military in Okinawa.  With 99 cases confirmed on five different U.S. bases, the COVID-19 surge in Okinawa represents the largest outbreak reported by the American military in Asia since the pandemic started, and local officials are skeptical that containment policies were sufficient to prevent the disease's spread. More than half of the roughly 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan are based in Okinawa. The vast majority of the new cases have been confirmed at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and the Marines' Camp Hansen, with a handful more positive tests at Kadena Air Base, Camp McTureous and Camp Kinser. People look at MV-22 Osprey aircraft on a runway at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, May 31, 2018 in Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture, Japan. Carl...
    Tokyo — Officials in Okinawa said Monday that 95 U.S. service members at bases on the Japanese island have tested positive for the new coronavirus, raising long-standing tension between the local population and the American military. It's the biggest number of cases the U.S. military has seen in Asia since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and officials say U.S. virus containment policy isn't helping. More than half of the roughly 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan are based in Okinawa. Three U.S. bases in Okinawa have confirmed infections: U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Camp Hansen and Camp Kinser. Florida sees new daily record number of COVID cases Local reports say Fourth of July parties held both on and off the bases — attended by hundreds if not thousands of personnel and employees - are at the root of the new outbreak. U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft are seen at the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, on Japan's southernmost island of Okinawa, March 24, 2018. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS A lockdown is now in effect and efforts are underway to track...
    Marines at two American military bases in Japan have been infected with COVID-19, according to U.S. officials. The Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) based in Okinawa posted a message to Twitter Saturday regarding the outbreak, detailing the measures being taken to limit the spread of the disease. "In light of recent clusters of positive COVID-19 cases on Okinawa, Marine Forces Japan has implemented additional HPCON measures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus," the tweet read. "These measures have been put into place to protect our forces, our families, and our local communities." Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki said he could say only that a “few dozen” cases had been found recently because the U.S. military requested the figure not be released to the public, The Associated Press reported. UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON RESEARCHERS CREATE HEATED AIR FILTER THAT CAN KILL CORONAVIRUS 'INSTANTLY' VideoThe restrictions included the suspension of off-base liberty, going to any off-base establishment without prior approval, visiting any off-base restaurant or taking public transit. It also discouraged physical fitness off the base and the use of any external daycare or childcare service. The...
    TOKYO (AP) — A fire was burning Monday in a storage building for hazardous materials at a major U.S. air base on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, the U.S. military said. The blaze began Monday morning at the building in the central part of Kadena Air Base and was still burning a few hours later, but it was contained within the base’s perimeter, according to a U.S. Air Force statement. Footage on Japanese television showed thick gray plumes of smoke billowing from the building, called the 18th wing Hazardous Materials Pharmacy. The area was closed off and personnel in the area have been evacuated as firefighters get the fire under control, the statement said. It said no injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is unknown, the statement said. Kadena is the largest U.S. air base in the Far East. More than half of about 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan are stationed on Okinawa under a bilateral security pact. Many residents on Okinawa have long complained about...
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